Thursday, August 25, 2016
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CULTURAL VALUES AND CUPIDS ARROWS

This week as we celebrate the Valentine magic my column explores and exposes how a one-day wonder of love can trigger a chain reaction...

THE WISDOM OF THE HEART

The mother and child reunion Whilst the basic human values of love, truth, non-violence, peace and right conduct are changeless and timeless, there is no...

TWO FATHERS ONE DAUGHTER

There is a Setswana expression, “Ngwana o itsiwe sereto ke mmaagwe” meaning that only the mother knows who the father of her child is. In...

GOLEDZWA 2013!

Let me take this unique opportunity to say Goledzwa to all the readers of Traditional Wisdom.   There is magic about the new year that...

THE DISTORTED PRIORITIES OF A CHANGING CULTURE

Christmas has always had a magical appeal that moves people to go out of their way to please their loved ones.  There is no doubt...

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM 14.12.12

BURNING ISSUES It is always good to get feedback from readers either via my e-mail address or through personal contact. The column has been going for...

MISPLACED CHILDREN

Married or unmarried the time it takes to make a baby is the time it takes to make a cup of tea – what...

AMBUSHED AND ABANDONED

This week’s column comes in the midst of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence and on the eve of World Aids Day. The...

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER

A story illustrating the double standards of culture Much as we desire to preserve our culture, it is proving very difficult to imagine that we...

PROMISES, PROMISES

Marriage vows and broken dreams Call me old fashioned but there is evidence that the disciplined social order of the older generation that penetrated human...

LEFT HOLDING THE BABY

Customary marriage conflict In Botswana there seems to be an illusion created by the practices around marriage.  Many believe that marriage must be done in...

WHEN REALITY CONFRONTS CULTURE

Reality is the truth that confronts and sometimes shakes our deep-rooted norms and the validity of our cultural practices. Quite often a decision based on...

THE POLITICS OF FATHERHOOD

Over the years in my Customary Court work it has become clear that the most significant factor tipping the scales of genders politics to...

OURS OR MINE

We are emerging from a society that did not place that much importance on ownership of assets because there was an unwritten law that,...

NO HIDING PLACE

Kids beat up dad over practice of  ‘Go Ikutswa’ ‘Long ago’ it was unheard of that ‘daddy’ (ntate) could get beaten. If anybody was going to...

SIBLING RIVALRY

Giving and receiving love is central to human relations and traditionally the seeds of powerful interpersonal relations are sewn and nurtured in the fertile...

A PRAYER FOR ESTHER

Aids and the issue of ‘go ikutswa’   For many years September has been set aside as the month of prayer for HIV/AIDS.  There is an...

FRUSTRATED DAD

In this weeks column Ma Mosojane responds to a reader’s question THE QUESTION “I am young man of 30 years old. I have a baby girl...

THE CHEATING CHAIN

A lot of resources have gone into the Break the Chain of Infection project. ‘The chain’ has become obstacle number one to the achievement of...

GRANDMA’S SON

A prominent theme in my column over the last few months has highlighted the contrast between transitional cultural practices and modern day behaviour in...

THE MISSING MOTHER

The sight of a highly expectant young woman at the kgotla, looking far from happy at the ‘bundle of joy’ she is carrying, usually...

FRAUDULENT PATLO

In response to several requests from readers to address the issue, my column this week takes a look at customary marriage. Although there appears to...

TRADITIONAL HEALING AND THE CHURCH

A conflict of interests? This week I would like to reflect on another thorny topic that is most often discussed in hushed tones and one...

THE RIGHTS OF THE AFRICAN CHILD

An issue of inheritance We have just come out of the commemoration of the Day of the African Child and it got me thinking about...

CULTURE SHOCK

This week’s story is about a most feared and best-avoided topic - one that we would rather tip toe around and speak in hushed...

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER

An issue of parental responsibility Sunday 17June 2012 is the day officially set aside to celebrate Father’s Day. Some might say that they don’t need a...

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD?

  A Question of Equality The concept that we are all equal before the law, and our Maker, is enshrined as a basic human right. But as...

THE DISPUTED BOREHOLE

An issue of community of property If a word could sum up the difference in outlook from the old to the new generation, it would...

NO WEDDING AND A FUNERAL

Moepi's long march to marriage One of the objectives in writing this column is to illustrate how our historically peaceful society has been destabilised by...

MOTHER’S LOVE

Apologies for missing last week’s column as I was away attending the Gender Justice Summit in Johannesburg.  Today I would like to tackle motherhood in...

A SLAP IN THE FACE OF CULTURE

This week I would like to highlight the link between culture and gender based violence. It is quite interesting to listen to a discussion on...

AN INSTRUMENT OF PEACE

Unpacking gender based violence Two events link my article this week, the upcoming Easter holidays and the just ended summit in Gaborone on gender based...

THE RIGHTS AND WRONGS OF ORPHANED CHILDREN

This week I conclude the last in my series of articles to inform and warn readers on the thorny issue of inheritance. The story that...

WHO GETS WHAT

Traditional marriage and property rights Last  year over 1000 couples were divorced and the numbers are increasing. One obvious reason is that we have become...

FAMILY FORTUNES

  The thorny issue of inheritance (boswa/lekata) Of all the topics so far covered in this column, the issue of inheritance is arguably the one that...

LOVE AND MARRIAGE

Valentine’s mixed message With the recent celebration of the day of love, Valentine’s has entered into popular culture, although in my day we knew nothing...

FAMILY POWER PLAY

HIV and the politics of tradition Gender inequalities, the generation gap and issues arising from the power dynamics within a family set up are the...

TUG OF LOVE

Having discussed the “tigalebele” issue last week, I would like to share with you the strife that parents who are not married have to...

DAMAGE CONTROL

  The issue of tshenyo This week I am daring to walk on “hallowed ground” by attempting to demystify one of the cherished values of our...

THE MAN WITH THREE BULLETS

Statistics show that January is a peak month for suicide, so let me use my column this week to relate an encounter with a...